iPad and iPhone used in Christmas Concert

I’m always a sucker for iPad and iPhone ‘instrument’ videos, so here’s another — an iBand performing at a community church.

North Point’s iBand from North Point Web.

Though the instruments are virtual, the musicianship is real. Well done!

Christmas Lego

Just another excuse to take some photos of a couple of Christmas lego constructions. Simple layout:

  • Drape a bright red scarf as a seamless background
  • Position Lego object
  • Shoot with the zoom racked in to telephoto
  • Offload image to the iPad
  • Process / crop with Instragram
  • Upload to Flickr
  • Blog about it 🙂

Last year's Lego tree Hey you kids, stay off my snow!

Add this to my Christmas List

If you’re a fan of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, then this book, The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, had better be on your Christmas list this year. It’s on mine 🙂

Watch the video and find out why…

A few reasons why I’ll get an iPad before Christmas – perhaps. Maybe.

Over the last little while I’ve been following the news around Apple’s latest technological marvel, the iPad. Sure, at this time, only the Wi-Fi version is available (and only in the US), but there’re enough news and reviews out there that it’s quite easy formulate an early opinion — especially since I already have an iPod Touch and am used to it’s interface and way of doing things.

Why would I get an iPad?
There are many reasons, but here’s a few that are top of mind, mostly around use of media:

  • Reference Documents – I hate carrying around pages of stuff that is only used for reference. I love carrying around pages of stuff that’s only used for reference — if it’s in a digital format. I do this currently with my iPod Touch, once I figured out how easy it was to view pdf and doc files on my Touch, that is. I expect that the iPad will let me view my .pdf and doc files in much the same way.
  • eBooks – Similar to the reasoning for Reference Documents, but with this addition. I’m getting older and am realizing that reading on a larger screen is easier than the smaller display on my Touch.
  • Games – I’m enjoying the low-cost high-quality games that are coming out of the iPhone ecosystem. I’m thinking there are going to be more of the same for the iPad. With the larger form factor, it’ll be a new experience.

Why before Christmas?
Well, Apple released the iPad in April (May for rest-of-world). This gives enough time for the platform to stabilize, the operating system and hardware to be patched to fix obvious bugs and technical issues. Maybe.

I’m not into investing in first generation technology when I can avoid it, but perhaps I will have an iPad by Christmas, if all goes well. Maybe.

Tech with family at the holidays

This Christmas has probably the most intensive tech-soaked holiday period I’ve had with friends and family. It was refreshing to see the ways that recent tech developments have allowed us to enjoy the gathering, events, experience and excitement. …more



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Another favourite Christmas gift from the annals of tech time

In the last half of the previous century, technology was simpler. Computer circuits were just coming into their own on a piece of silicone called an IC, or Integrated Circuit – a chip. Budding young hobbyists wanting to learn this arcane art of electronics had one great omnibus took to help them out… …more



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Three tech stocking stuffers

By now you should have had all your major gifts bought, wrapped and out of the way, but what about the little things, the cool tech toys that just fit in that stocking, hung by the chimney with care. Fear not, I’ve got a stocking stuffer list that will help you out in these final few hours before the big guy stuffs himself down your chimney to deliver the Christmassy booty.. …more



This post is an excerpt from one of my weekly posts on the Future Shop Techblog. Check out the full post here.